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Latin-America Guide

Life Sciences — Brazil

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Newly established practice formed of market-leading practitioners with experience assisting national and international clients in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries. Boasts expertise in clinical trial matters, representing clients in sophisticated judicial and administrative proceedings and drug recall procedure cases before health authorities. Also regularly advises clients on the formulation of business and product distribution strategies. 

Notable practitioners  

Highly respected professional Beatriz Kestener is lauded by clients, who describe her as an "experienced and self-assured lawyer with a deep knowledge of life sciences," going on to highlight "her extreme maturity when handling complex matters and her understanding of the non-legal impacts of strategies." Peers agree that she is "an excellent lawyer." Kestener is strongly focused on product liability and regularly represents pharmaceutical companies in judicial actions for damages.  

Up-and-coming partner Rubens Granja focuses his practice on product liability, tort law and corporate matters. Granja has experience representing clients in actions for damages and recall procedures and providing advice on product development partnerships and product development business models. Peers describe him as a "brilliant" lawyer.

Clients and peers alike endorse associate-to-watch Marco Aurélio Torronteguy, commenting that he is an "excellent professional" who is "very available to clients" and "extremely committed to the work he takes on." Torronteguy has experience assisting clients in drug recall procedures and providing advice on clinical trial regulation.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Large full-service firm with a strong life sciences practice and a focus on health, biotechnology, biodiversity and related regulatory matters. Regularly assists clients in the pharmaceutical and food industries with regulatory assessments, compliance programmes and structure reviews concerning the supply, commercialisation and importation of medical products.  

Strengths

"The lawyers are extremely commercially focused and they develop practical solutions to help our business. They are very responsive, experienced and knowledgeable and they come up with complex, creative and intelligent answers."

New developments Camila Martinho Parise has been promoted to counsel. Boston Scientific Corporation, Astellas Pharmaceutical and Rally Health are new client wins for the team.

Notable practitioners  

Head of practice Angela Fan Chi Kung is praised by market sources, who note that she is "an excellent lawyer." They also mention she is "recognised for her knowledge on sanitation law and is always willing to provide our business with solutions and alternatives." Kung is highlighted in the market for her focus on the medical aspects of life sciences and is particularly active advising clients on compliance and regulatory issues relating to distributors, competitors and healthcare professionals.

Peers describe up-and-coming partner Camila Martino Parise as "a great lawyer" and highlight her "super technical" abilities. She focuses her practice on life sciences, administrative law and public contracts and has experience assisting clients with the review of medical product supply and commercialisation structures.

Significant clients Pfizer, Sanofi, Bayer, Gilead, Merck Sharp & Dohme.  

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary team with notable experience advising clients on distribution and manufacturing agreements and the regulatory and tax implications of equity interest sales, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Also regularly provides advice in relation to clinical trials.

Strengths

"The firm possesses strong local knowledge alongside global experience and the sophistication to understand what the client wants and how best to achieve it. The lawyers are also very considerate and responsive."

New developments Selectchemie, Halex Istar Indústria Farmacêutica and Ruiyi are new client wins.

Work highlights Provided União Química Farmacêutica Nacional with assistance on all legal aspects related to the acquisition of a pharmaceutical plant and manufacturing agreement for Latin America, including due diligence, drafting and negotiation of all relevant contracts.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo is lauded by clients who comment that she is "on top of everything and is a great negotiator." They add: "She has a strong strategic approach in negotiations and fantastic tactical skills. We were quite impressed." Rabelo has vast experience advising clients in connection with M&A, and on contractual and regulatory matters for clients in the cosmetics, food, health and pharmaceutical industries.

Significant clients STADA Arzneimittel, Torrent do Brasil, Colgate-Palmolive, CSL Behring.  

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Respected practice with a compact team recognised for its strong focus on regulatory matters. Boasts experience representing international pharmaceutical heavyweights in administrative proceedings and also regularly provides advice on compliance matters and the importation of products.

Notable practitioners  

Experienced practitioner Marcos Lobo De Freitas Levy is held in high regard by peers who highlight his "fantastic practice in the food and drug industry" as well as his significant sector knowledge. Levy is head of the department and has experience advising on regulatory and compliance matters and representing clients in administrative proceedings and product liability cases.

Significant clients Laboratórios Pfizer, PTC Therapeutics, Grünenthal Latin America, Shire Farmacêutica Brasil, Wyeth Whitehall.  

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Well-regarded life sciences practice, acknowledged in the market for its high degree of specialisation in governmental relations, regulatory and administrative law and for its representation of clients in the health sector.

Notable practitioners  

Founding partner Rodrigo Correia da Silva is endorsed by peers who describe him as "very active," adding: "He's fully immersed in life sciences" and "a specialist in the area." He is highlighted in the market for his strong focus in the health sector, governmental affairs, compliance and anti-corruption matters.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm with an active life sciences practice and a solid reputation for its very strong focus in pharmaceutical patents. Regularly advises clients in the pharmaceutical and food sectors in relation to market competition, product approval and product development regulatory matters.

Strengths

"Dannemann Siemsen is a recognised name in the market. The team is strong in patents in the life sciences sector and in industrial property as a whole."

Notable practitioners  

Gustavo de Freitas Morais is the key client contact at the firm.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Business law boutique noted for its litigation acumen. Particularly active representing clients in public civil actions and other judicial proceedings relating to clinical trials, the applicability of the price adjustment factor and the commercialisation of pharmaceutical products. Also provides clients with preventive advice on regulatory issues.

Strengths

"The firm's strengths are the vast experience of its partners in a variety of regulatory matters, the support they provide in lawsuits and their strong performance in strategic litigation."

New developments Shire Brasil Farmacêutica is a new client win.

Work highlights Represented the members of the Pfizer group challenging CADE's decision which held that the clients had infringed Brazilian competition law by establishing a cartel against generic medication.     

Notable practitioners  

Sources highlight Pedro Fialdini's focus in litigation and consumer compensation and his ability to "manoeuvre within the commercial and legal worlds." They add that he has "vast expertise in varied regulatory matters" and "he is very experienced in litigation involving the human and animal health industry."

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, BioMarin Brasil Farmacêutica, Ourofino Agronegócio, Chiesi Farmacêutica.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for IP boutique highlighted for its expertise in pharmaceutical patents and its vast experience representing international clients in the food and drug industries in complex litigation.

Strengths

"Their responsiveness and communication skills are outstanding and the quality of their work is excellent."

Work highlights Successfully represented Sanofi-Aventis against a marketing approval granted by the Brazilian food and drug administration of a copy of a drug developed by a competing laboratory for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

Notable practitioners  

Founding partner Otto Licks focuses his practice on IP law and is particularly active providing clients in the pharmaceutical industry with representation in legal proceedings. Market sources highlight him for his activity and reputation in the market, commenting: "He's a well-known name in life sciences and IP litigation." Licks is also praised for his "strong performance in cases involving patents and generic medications disputes."

Significant clients Novartis, H. Lundbeck, Celgene Corporation, Astellas Pharma, Aventis Pharma.  

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Established practice with a long-standing presence in the field, highlighted in the market for its focus on public law litigation and defending clients in relation to product registry matters.

Notable practitioners  

Founding partner Vicente Nogueira focuses his practice on health, intellectual property, administrative and competition law. Market commentators describe him as a "pioneer in life sciences." He is also singled out for his credibility with government agencies in administrative processes and his experience defending clients in registry matters.

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Senior Statesmen

Vicente Nogueira Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Vicente Nogueira focuses his practice on health, intellectual property, administrative and competition law. Market commentators describe him as a "pioneer in life sciences." He is also singled out for his credibility with government agencies in administrative processes and his experience defending clients in registry matters.

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Band 1

Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly respected professional Beatriz Kestener is lauded by clients, who describe her as an "experienced and self-assured lawyer with a deep knowledge of life sciences," going on to highlight "her extreme maturity when handling complex matters and her understanding of the non-legal impacts of strategies." Peers agree that she is "an excellent lawyer." Kestener is strongly focused on product liability and regularly represents pharmaceutical companies in judicial actions for damages.  

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Band 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of practice Angela Fan Chi Kung is praised by market sources, who note that she is "an excellent lawyer." They also mention she is "recognised for her knowledge on sanitation law and is always willing to provide our business with solutions and alternatives." Kung is highlighted in the market for her focus on the medical aspects of life sciences and is particularly active advising clients on compliance and regulatory issues relating to distributors, competitors and healthcare professionals.

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Band 2

Correia da Silva Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Rodrigo Correia da Silva is endorsed by peers who describe him as "very active," adding: "He's fully immersed in life sciences" and "a specialist in the area." He is highlighted in the market for his strong focus in the health sector, governmental affairs, compliance and anti-corruption matters.

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Band 2

Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo is lauded by clients who comment that she is "on top of everything and is a great negotiator." They add: "She has a strong strategic approach in negotiations and fantastic tactical skills. We were quite impressed." Rabelo has vast experience advising clients in connection with M&A, and on contractual and regulatory matters for clients in the cosmetics, food, health and pharmaceutical industries.

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Band 2

Marcos Lobo De Freitas Levy

A. Lopes Muniz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced practitioner Marcos Lobo De Freitas Levy is held in high regard by peers who highlight his "fantastic practice in the food and drug industry" as well as his significant sector knowledge. Levy is head of the department and has experience advising on regulatory and compliance matters and representing clients in administrative proceedings and product liability cases.

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Band 3

Fialdini Einsfeld Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight Pedro Fialdini's focus in litigation and consumer compensation and his ability to "manoeuvre within the commercial and legal worlds." They add that he has "vast expertise in varied regulatory matters" and "he is very experienced in litigation involving the human and animal health industry."

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Band 3

Fukuma Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Patricia Fukuma Jannini of Fukuma Advogados is described by peers as an active name in the field, and is highlighted among market observers for her focus on product registration and regulatory matters.

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Band 3

Licks Attorneys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Otto Licks focuses his practice on IP law and is particularly active providing clients in the pharmaceutical industry with representation in legal proceedings. Market sources highlight him for his activity and reputation in the market, commenting: "He's a well-known name in life sciences and IP litigation." Licks is also praised for his "strong performance in cases involving patents and generic medications disputes."

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Band 3

ZCBS - Zancaner Costa, Bastos & Spiewak

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Name partner Benny Spiewak of ZCBS - Zancaner Costa, Bastos & Spiewak is highlighted in the market for his strong focus on IP law and his work in the regulatory law sphere. Peers describe him as "very active in life sciences" and commend him as "a recognised name" in the market.

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Up and Coming

Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Rubens Granja focuses his practice on product liability, tort law and corporate matters. Granja has experience representing clients in actions for damages and recall procedures and providing advice on product development partnerships and product development business models. Peers describe him as a "brilliant" lawyer.

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Up and Coming

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers describe up-and-coming partner Camila Martino Parise as "a great lawyer" and highlight her "super technical" abilities. She focuses her practice on life sciences, administrative law and public contracts and has experience assisting clients with the review of medical product supply and commercialisation structures.

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Associates to watch

Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients and peers alike endorse associate-to-watch Marco Aurélio Torronteguy, commenting that he is an "excellent professional" who is "very available to clients" and "extremely committed to the work he takes on." Torronteguy has experience assisting clients in drug recall procedures and providing advice on clinical trial regulation.

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